Stories by Paul Krill

Microsoft riding Whitehorse for developers

Microsoft Corp. in the "Whidbey" version of the Visual Studio tool, due in 2004, will feature a set of design tools called "Whitehorse," to enable building of services-oriented systems.

SQL Server 'Yukon' to get XML data type

Microsoft at its Professional Developers Conference 2003 (PDC) in Los Angeles on Tuesday discussed intentions to add an Extensible Markup Language (XML) data type to its SQL Server database, with the Yukon release of the product planned for late 2004.

AmberPoint, Microsoft partner on Web services

AmberPoint on Tuesday unveiled an abbreviated version of its Web services management software, AmberPoint Express, that will be distributed with the planned "Whidbey" version of the Microsoft's Visual Studio developer tool in 2004.

IBM execs ponder technology plans

IBM is eyeing tools enhancements to accommodate the semantic Web and also wants to boost the Eclipse open source development tool project.

IBM previewing DB2 upgrade

IBM on Monday is previewing enhancements planned for the next version of the DB2 database that are intended to help simplify development of applications for the Microsoft Corp. .Net platform.

OASIS adds ebXML business process committee

OASIS on Monday said it has formed an ebXML Business Process Technical Committee to further define the ebXML BPSS (e-business XML Business Process Specification Schema) model for business collaborations within and between enterprises.

Microsoft readies Web services apps framework

Microsoft at its Professional Developers Conference 2003 event in Los Angeles in two weeks will shed light on "Indigo," which is the company's upcoming Web services applications framework.

W3C hails Web-based forms standard

Web standards body the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) this week finalized a specification for next-generation Web-based forms used for e-commerce transactions.

Microsoft links Visual Studio, Office system

Microsoft on Monday launched Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System, extending Visual Studio .Net 2003 and the Microsoft .Net Framework to applications built on the latest versions of Word and Excel, the company said.

Sun forging ahead after criticism

Sun Microsystems Inc. remains undaunted by a recent analyst report urging major changes at the company, and will forge ahead with plans to win new business through its server and desktop software systems.

ComponentOne boosts Microsoft apps on mobile devices

Boosting development of Microsoft Corp. applications for mobile devices, ComponentOne this week announced availability of the Q4 2003 version of ComponentOne Studio Enterprise, which supports the Microsoft .Net Compact Framework.

What's ahead for databases?

Is the database still relevant? Panelists at a Software Development Forum session in California debated this and other questions pertaining to what will be the role of databases in the future, chiming in about the elevated role of XML, commoditization, and open source software.

Software licensing issues debated

Should a software vendor bring the hammer down on violators of software usage agreements, or look the other way?

OASIS to build Web services framework

Members of the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) this week announced plans to develop a global Web services framework to define a methodology for a broad-based, multiplatform and vendor-neutral implementation.

Sun touts Fast Web Services plan

Researchers at Sun Microsystems Inc. are working on an initiative called Fast Web Services, intended to identify and solve performance problems in existing Web services standards implementations.

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